Late Tuesday night notebook: Steelman ready to go

Senior quarterback Trent Steelman says he feels pretty healthy considering he’s heading into Army’s 11th game of the season.

Steelman was pulled from Army’s 28-7 loss at Rutgers with 52 seconds left last week. He said his right throwing shoulder went numb.

“I’ve never had that happen before,” said Steelman, Army’s leading rusher and scorer. “It must have been a nerve.”

Steelman will be ready for his final game at Michie Stadium Saturday against Temple. He took a few hits after throwing on top of carrying the ball 26 times.

“They (the Rutgers defense) were getting after it,” Steelman said.

Freshman quarterback A.J. Schurr saw more first-team snaps than usual during Tuesday’s practice, coach Rich Ellerson said.

“He’s (Schurr) getting a lot of turns in practice,” Ellerson said. “We are trying to take some of the wear and tear off of Trent.”

Ellerson said the team was banged up coming out of the Rutgers and, “we are practicing a little bit cautiously this week.”

“Our fullbacks (Larry Dixon and Hayden Tippett) are banged up,” Ellerson said. “Our quarterback is banged up. Our guards are banged up. Our defensive linemen are banged up. But, everybody is expected to get well by Saturday but we couldn’t have played today.”

Ellerson thinks sophomore nose tackle Richard Glover (ankle) could be back in action after missing last week.

Senior long snapper Frank Ceva is expected to return after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

Freshman fullback Matt Giachinta, who had his first two carries of the season against Rutgers, worked with the first team in practice.

Army improved from 96th to 83rd in the nation in total defense, after holding Rutgers to 252 total yards Saturday.

Army’s rushing yards per game fell from 375 to 366. The Black Knights were held to less than 300 yards (282) for only the third time this season. Two plays stopped Army for hitting that mark. The Black Knights were credited with a team rush of -35 yards on high punt snap and Malcolm Brown lost 13 yards off a pitch on a 4th-and-2 play in the fourth quarter.

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